I love the fun new pasta kits Barilla has on offer across UAE. They are aimed for helping us Mom’s with back to school (packing lunches). They come equipped with sauce, noodles and recipe booklets.
My personal fav (and the kids) are these homemade meatballs. SOOO delicious, I swear! And EASY! It is a pretty big deal for me that both Ruby & Nate ate a full meatball each (they are verrrry picky).
I give this recipe a big fat stamp of approval from my kids!
For the first batch of meatballs, I followed the below recipe exactly how Barilla instructed. But rather than using white bread, I used multi-grain bread (because that’s all I had). I found the mixture to be a bit too runny, but still possible to form meatballs. I also made them more “mini” rather than divide the batter into 12 giant meatballs as they suggested. So while the first batch was in the oven, I added my own breadcrumbs to the second batch. I now wish I did not because it really took away from the overall tenderness and flavor of the meat. First batch definitely were more tasty! Feel free to add a BIT (only if you need to) but don’t overdo it like me!
- 120 Grams of white bread (roughly 4 slices)
- 4 Tablespoons of cold milk
- 90 Grams of Parmesan cheese
- 500 Grams of mince meat
- 4 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Clove of minced garlic
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 450 g Barilla spaghetti No.5
- Basilico Barilla pasta sauce
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper
- Set oven to 200 C (I baked mine at 180 C only because my oven get’s ultra hot)
- In a shallow dish soak bread in 4 tablespoons of milk (I used more). About 10 mins
- Grate Parmesan cheese in a medium sized bowl
- Add mince meat, eggs, parsley, garlic, salt & pepper to Parmesan cheese bowl
- Crumble bread with hands (I removed crust) into mixture
- Mix well
- Form medium sized meatballs (I was able to make 24)
- Place in oven for 10 minutes
- In the meantime boil a pot of water
- In another medium pot add basilico sauce and put on low heat
- Once water boils, add pasta and cook al dente
- When meatballs are ready, add them to basilico sauce and keep on low heat while you wait for pasta to finish cooking
- Drain pasta and serve meatballs & sauce on top!